When we die, we are often remembered on a plaque or similar – indicating the birth date and the date of the passing; but what matters most of all, is the dash between the years – for it is that dash that commemorates the life of our loved ones.
It is a privilege to be entrusted with your loved one’s worthy send off. Words are powerful tools, especially in times of high emotion and loss. I will prepare the tribute (Eulogy) based on the information that you give me when me meet; I can help you with your choice of music, hymns, prayers and readings. You may choose to deliver part of the service or I can present it in its entirety with the compassion and dignity that you would expect.
Increasingly, families choose to Celebrate the Life of a loved one by way of a personal ceremony, including music that they enjoyed, stories that they told and family contributions. You may want to release a balloon, a dove or keep it traditional. If you are fortunate that your loved one has left instructions – you are blessed. If not, I would be only too honoured to support you through this difficult time.
Do not stand at my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry;
I am not there, I did not die.
Mary Frye, American poet (1905 – 2004)
“What the caterpillar perceives is the end,
To the butterfly is just the beginning…”